Italian "Grilled Cheese" Sandwich


This is a very delicious, and not very healthy treat. My brother begs me to make these for him - they are just cheesy deliciousness! 

Italian "Grilled Cheese" Sandwich

Ingredients:
Mozzarella Cheese (1 slice/sandwich)
Bread (2 slices/sandwich)
Pizza Sauce
Breading Ingredients: flour, eggs, Italian Style bread
crumbs




Directions:

Cut one slice of cheese for each sandwich you are making.


Place your cheese slice onto a piece of bread and cut around it.
Do this twice for each sandwich (2 slices of bread/sandwich).
 Spoon pizza sauce onto each slice of bread.
Assemble your sandwiches, with the pizza sauce and cheese in the middle.




Set up your breading station. Flour, beaten eggs, and bread crumbs.











Coat the sandwich in flour, ensuring the edges where the pizza sauce is very well coated.

Coat sandwich in the egg wash.












Coat sandwich in the breadcrumbs.











Re-coat in the egg wash and add another coat of breadcrumbs to ensure the sandwich has a nice crust on it.











Heat your deep fryer to it's highest setting, or heat your oil to 375 degrees.








Fry the sandwich for approximately 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
Flip sandwiches over and fry for another 1-2 minutes.
Sandwiches should be a dark golden brown, and if the cheese starts to ooze out then you know they are done.

Serve with a side of pizza sauce for dipping and enjoy!


Everything Changes Once You Have Kids

It never ceases to amaze me how much life has changed now that I have children. And it's not just life in general, but also how I approach things and how I think.

Everything revolves around my children - the day is centred around their schedules, not mine. When we go shopping - it's for them, not me. They are constantly on my mind, and everything I do is to make their lives better.

But most of all, it changes how I think.

When I see that car racing down the road I'm thinking about how fast they are going, and if my child was running across the road they would have gotten hit real bad.

When I'm out shopping I'm in a constant "worry" mode, keeping tabs on the kids making sure they don't get away and be snatched up by some crazy person.

When I'm driving I'm more cautious because I'm responsible for the lives of the little ones in the back seat.

I can not imagine my life without my kids. If I was to lose one of them, I don't know what I would do. It completely changes my perspective and attitude when dealing with people how have had to suffer the horrible loss of a child. I can't imagine having to go through that, and having to "move on". Now, being a mom, I don't think you can ever get over a death of a child, you just choose to continue living however it works for you.

I can't think about abortion without feeling absolutely sick to my stomach. The thought of someone killing their child - I just can't comprehend it, especially after seeing my own children's ultrasounds at 12 weeks and the little hands and feet and mouth....

I was reading Jodi Picoult's newest book this weekend, "The Storyteller" and it is all about the Holocaust. She has one section in the book that talks about where the Jews were thrown into pits and then all shot in the head, and she talks about a mother "tucking" in her 3-year-old beside her, getting ready to die. The book is fiction, but the atrocities that occurred are not. And now that I'm a mother crimes against children seem to affect me way more because I'm constantly thinking how I would feel if that was my child.

And life seems to just speed on by. And some days I just can't wait for the day to end, but then I remember that everyday with my children is a gift, and it's not a day that I will get back. Life is too short and my kids are growing up way too quickly.

It's always a good reminder to me to take time each day to just cuddle and snuggle and hug and kiss my little ones and tell them how much I love them, and cherish every day no matter how stressful it may be.




My Favourite Online Fabric Stores

My name is Felicia and I have a fabric addiction. Seriously - it's bad.

So today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite online fabric stores, the stores that feed this addiction.

www.fabric.com

The first one, and the one I use the most is fabric.com. They have hundreds of thousands of different fabric, and their stock levels are pretty good. And if they don't have stock, they let you know when you can expect it back in. 

They also have great sales, deals of the days, coupons, etc. I almost never buy the fabric at full price unless I need it quickly. And their prices are very reasonable - much better than I can find close to home. They have very quick shipping - even though they are in Georgia and I'm in Canada. They usually ship to me UPS so I usually receive it 1 week after I order it. And if you happen to be located in the US, then they have free shipping over $35! 


www.hawthornethreads.com

If fabric.com doesn't have what I need in stock, I head over to Hawthorne Threads. They carry a ton of modern and chic fabrics, and also have very good prices and shipping. They don't have as many deals or coupons, so it tends to be slightly more expensive than fabric.com. But their customer service is amazing, and they also have quick shipping. In my experience they have shipped out the same day or next day, and it comes through the mail. They have all their shipping costs shown on their website, so you know exactly how much it will cost you depending on how much fabric you order. When it comes to new fabrics, they tend to get them in and online slightly quicker than fabric.com.

I also love that you are able to upload your own products to the different fabric choices. For example, on the Alexander Henry 2D zoo fabric page, I can upload a link to one of my listings on Etsy. So if someone is looking at the fabric, they can see my product. This helps to drive customers to my site, and it doesn't cost me anything. This is a way that Hawthorne Threads is helping to support those making handmade items with their fabrics.


www.etsy.com/shop/fancypantsfabric

My final stop for fabric is Fancy Pants Fabric on Etsy. There are a TON of different fabric retailers on Etsy, but this is my favourite. Quick shipping, good prices, and lots of selection of the modern fabrics I love to use. 


We are currently working on getting our finances in order and sticking to our budget, so right now I just visit these sites and look at all the new fabrics and create in my mind - no shopping for me. I need to use the hundreds (no joke) of fabric I have in stock before I can order more.

But you can have fun shopping!





Banana Bread Recipe


When I buy bananas, we never seem to eat them all before they start going brown. When I have brown bananas I do one of two things. I either make banana bread, or I peel the bananas and place them in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer to be used in a smoothie. (I'll share that recipe later!).

So here's a recipe for some delicious banana bread - perfect for breakfast/lunch/snack.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
3 cups flour
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cup mashed bananas (I used four bananas)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash bananas in bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix. If too thick (depending on how many bananas you used), add a little more milk.

Grease and flour two 8 inch square pans. Evenly pour batter into both pans. Bake for approximately 35-45 minutes (depending on your oven). Bread is done when you put a fork in it and it comes out clean.

This is the best when it is eaten warm with a little bit of butter spread on it. Enjoy!

Making a Snowman INSIDE!


Little A was sick all last week - another tooth came in. So he was a real momma's boy. This means that when K wanted to go outside and make a snowman, well I couldn't bundle up with her and go out with her. So I decided, why not make a snowman inside?! Then K can make her snowman and I can "help" while still keeping A right next to me.

And it worked out great! It was lots of fun and not a lot of mess.

To make your own snowman inside all you need is:
- bucket for the snow
- towel so the snow doesn't go onto your floor
- mittens to keep your kiddie's hands from freezing
- toys/accessories/etc.


I got out the dish bucket I had been using while our dishwasher wasn't connected, and went outside and filled it with snow. It was quite cold that day, so it wasn't packing snow, but as soon as I got it inside and it started to heat up it became perfect packing snow.

Put the towel down on the ground and put the bucket on it. Put the mittens on your kiddies and have fun!


K went from wanting to make a snowman to sandcastles. She seems to pull out her beach toys and shovels at least once a day, so we got to "pretend" we were at the beach and used snow instead.

And it was the easiest cleanup, because even when the snow melts, its just water! 



Three Cheese Lasagna Recipe


One of my favourite comfort foods is lasagna, with lots of sauce and lots of cheese. Here's my recipe for my favourite lasagna.


Three Cheese Lasagna

For one 9" x 13" pan.
Ingredients:
- approx. 1 lb ground beef
- 1 jar pasta sauce (my favourite is Ragu)
- lasagna noodles 
- approx. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- approx. 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 container of cottage cheese


1. Brown your ground beef on medium heat and add your pasta sauce. 
I empty the pasta jar and then add half a jar of water to get the remaining sauce out of the jar, and pour this all into the sauce mixture. 


2. Add entire container of cottage cheese to the sauce mixture and stir. Turn off the heat of the sauce. Shred the mozzarella.


3. Start layering your lasagna.
Sauce/meat.
Noodles.
Sauce/meat.
Mozzarella cheese.
Noodles.
Sauce/meat.
Parmesan cheese.
Noodles.
Sauce/meat.
Mozzarella & Parmesan cheese.
Noodles.
Sauce/meta.
Mozzarella & Paremesan cheese.


4. Once you are finished layering, put aluminum foil overtop of the dish and place in the oven.
Cook for approx. 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.


Once it is finished and you pull it out of the oven, allow it to sit and "stabilize" for approximately 5 minutes. Cut up and enjoy!


You Shouldn't Get Married When.....


Lately, my world has been bombarded with divorce and broken marriages - not something I ever expected to experience first hand.

I have heard many stories lately of "I know now I shouldn't have gotten married." So I thought I would make a light-hearted list of "hints" you get during a relationship that are telling you that you shouldn't get married.

You shouldn't get married when ....

   .... you sleep in on your wedding day

   .... when you are out with your significant other, their eyes are "wandering"

   .... when you are out with your significant other, YOUR eyes are "wandering"

   .... well, we've been together for so long, so we are expected to get married - just because you have been together for a long time doesn't necessarily mean that's the person you are supposed to marry.

   .... the "bad boy" you are dating just to have fun gets down on one knee .... you should be saying no, and then breaking up with him - he was just fun, remember, not marriage material

   .... you have NEVER felt butterflies! 

   .... you love him/her like a best friend, but you don't think you're in love with them

   .... well, they would make a good husband/wife/mother/father - there should be a whole lot more reasons than just this!

   .... you think you can "change" them - maybe on little things, but not on big things!

   .... well, after we get married things will be different

   .... he/she will start going to church once we are married - good luck with that!

   .... you REALLY don't get along with his/her family - you truly do marry the family so make sure you get along, otherwise you are signing up for years of arguing with your in-laws and spouse!

   .... when you are out shopping, HE calls his mommy to find out his pants/shirt/shoe size (in a sermon I heard the minister said to go out into the mall and just keep walking!)

   .... you are insecure about how your significant other feels about you - you shouldn't have to worry about this - he/she is supposed to be the person who loves you unconditionally no matter how you look

   .... you have lost sight of who you are - you have changed so much to satisfy your significant other that everything that you "used" to be is gone. 

   .... you are only getting married to have babies - children get hurt through divorce, so if you aren't marrying the right person .....

   .... well, I'm 25 or 30 or 35, so I need to get married now otherwise I might miss my chance - don't settle!

   .... you've been planning this wedding for months and spent thousands of dollars - do you want to sign up for a lifetime of heartache just because of a wedding and some money you spent.

   .... you are extremely stressed, cranky, irritable, angry in the weeks leading up to your wedding - yes it may be a stressful but you should still be happy and excited

   .... he/she spends more time on his games and hobbies than with you

   .... at the first sign of trouble, he/she has already run - chances are it will probably happen again

   .... you are worried what people will think if you break off your engagement - it's not their life so it doesn't matter what people think!

Essentially the moral of the story is - if you are aren't 100% sure, then wait! And if you are married and love that person 100%, then do everything in your power to make it work.